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NYS Library offers walking tours and webinar in May

The New York State Library will be offering two onsite walking tours of its genealogy collections in May.

Friday, May 10 from 1 to 2 p.m. and Friday, May 24 from noon to 2 1.m.

The New York State Library is a treasure chest of resources for those tracing their family histories. This onsite tour will highlight published genealogies, local histories, church records, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) records, United States and New York State Census records, newspapers on microfilm, city directories and more.

Cara Janowsky, an Associate Librarian at the New York State Library, will lead the tour. The tour is limited to 10 individuals and registration is required.

To register for the May 10 tour, go to:

To register for the May 24 tour, go to:

In addition, the library will present a webinar  – “Sanborn Insurance Maps” – on Thursday, May 30 from 11 a.m. to noon. Sanborn Maps were originally created to evaluate the degree of risk associated with commercial, industrial, and residential structures. Today, Sanborn Maps are often consulted by researchers interested in characteristics of buildings and how neighborhoods changed over time. The New York State Library’s subscription database, Digital Sanborn Maps, includes maps specifically for New York State cities and villages for the dates, 1867-1970.  There will be a demonstration on  how to navigate this database, as well as additional resources attendees can use for historical and genealogical research.

To register, go to:

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